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  • Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks to Dorthy Opheim

    State Officials tour flood damage

    Lt. Governor Mike Cooney toured the flooded Sun River community today, June 22nd. Flooding began in the town earlier in the week, washing away roads, flooding homes, and trapping some people inside their town. Lt. Gov. Cooney spoke to several families, including the Opheim's. Right now, it's difficult to say how much money it will cost to repair roads and homes, but officials are working to find an answer.
  • Roads closed as flooding hits Augusta

    AUGUSTA - Flooding is being reported on Main Street in Augusta and along US Highway 287 at mile marker 38. 

  • Death ruled accidental in Milk River drowning

    The body of a missing Chinook man has been found. According to Blaine County Sheriff Glen Huestis, the body of Noah Hofeldt was found Sunday evening around 5:30pm by volunteers floating the Milk River searching for Hofeldt.  Sheriff Huestis says they believe Hofeldt went missing as early as Monday, June 11th.  It is still unclear what led to the death, but foul play is not suspected. Hofeldt's body is being sent to Billings Tuesday morning for an autopsy. Until then, Sheri...

  • Update: Woman rescued, 13 people still stranded in Wilderness

    A woman walking near Hauser Dam has been rescued after weather and slippery conditions caused her to get lost.  According to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, the woman is safe and uninjured. Her identity has not yet been released. As of 10:30 Monday evening, authorities were taking the woman back to her vehicle.  At the same time, a group of 13 people lost their way in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs say the group got stuck on the s...

  • Fishing access sites closed due to high water

    CASCADE COUNTY - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has implemented closure of 2 fishing access sites due to flooding on the Sun River The Medicine River FAS and the Fort Shaw FAS are closed until further notice. FWP says they'll stay that way until the area can be cleaned up and deemed safe.
  • Governor requests aid from FEMA

    HELENA - Monday afternoon Governor Steve Bullock put in an official request to FEMA to provide additional resources back to Montana to help clean up and recover from the widespread spring flooding. If approved the money would be used to repair damaged roads, culverts, and bridges. Since April more than 20 counties, 8 cities, and 3 tribes have all declared emergencies. Then in May the Governor declared a statewide flooding emergency, however, state law requires that it expire in 20 ...
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    Result are in! It's a wolf!

    The mysterious creature that captivated the nation after it was shot and killed near Denton in May has been identified. Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks says the animal is, in fact, a wolf. The carcass was sent to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Oregon. After comparing the DNA to thousands of samples from wolves, coyotes, and dogs and concluded it was a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains.  FWP says the original pictures of ...
  • 57th Annual Montana 500 comes to Shelby

    The 57th Annual Montana 500 Endurance Run for Model T's is starting up today as drivers from across the country gear up for the race in Shelby.  

  • Woman found dead on Phillips Street, man arrested

    Missoula City Police say they were called to the area of Lowell School on Phillips Street around 2:26 Sunday morning for a report of an injured woman lying in the roadway. 

  • Missing 5-year-old girl found safe

    Helena Police have issued a missing and endangered person advisory for 3-year-old Lyric Franklin. Lyric is an African American female. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt with "love" on the front and light colored shorts or a skirt. She also wears pink glasses. She is about three feet tall and weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. Lyric is suspected to be with her non-custodial father, Kielan Franklin. Kielan is an African American male, 5 foot 6 inches, and weighs about 250 ...

  • Grizzly bear dies from insecticides

    Fish, Wildlife, and Parks have confirmed a young female grizzly bear died near Carter, a town between Fort Benton and Great Falls.

  • Luminaria Walk in Great Falls rescheduled

    Great Falls - Due to expected rain throughout the weekend the annual River's Edge Trail Luminaria Walk, as well as the Lewis & Clark Festival, have been rescheduled to August 25th. "The Lewis & Clark Festival and Luminaria Walk on August 25th will be the perfect kick-off for school beginning!" Becky Nelson wrote in a press release. The weather isn't keeping a few other events from happening this weekend. The Bluegrass in the Park Concert is still on for Friday, Ju...
  • Victims identified in Great Falls shooting

    The Great Falls Police Department responded to reports of a disturbance and possible gunshots on the north side of town. One person in the area tells us that they saw two people being transported to the hospital but was not sure of the severity of their injuries. GFPD did confirm with us that two people were transported to Benefis but was later pronounced dead. Currently, GFPD is not searching for any suspects and they say that there is no threat to the community. We will keep ...

  • Health department hosting flood clean-up event

    The City-County Health Department is hosting a flood clean-up event. CCHD sanitarians will be on site to answer questions about contamination wells, septic systems, and mold after a flood. Well, water kits will be available on hand also. CCHD public health nurses will also be on hand to give tetanus shots at no cost for emergency responders and residents that were directly affected by the flood. Salvation Army will be on-site providing additional resources....
  • Community Spotlight: Augusta still preparing for exciting weekend.

    The Augusta Rodeo may be postponed due to flooding, but there’s still plenty going on in town this weekend. Tammy Dellwo and Lynn Kenyon with the Augusta Area Chamber of Commerce stopped by the KFBB Studios for tonight’s Community Spotlight to explain what’s happening, and how you can help. Here’s the interview:
  • River towns continues daily business

    Thursday The National Weather Service announced the Sun River has reached its peak and the waters have slowly begun to fall. The Missouri River has also started to crest, meaning communities along its banks did see rising waters most of the day. The rising waters are not stopping businesses along the river from working as usual. In Craig, members of Cross Current Fly Shop tells us the high water hasn't affected them negatively. Clients are still coming in pretty regularly, but debris...
  • Nearly 150 children and adults airlifted to safety

    With summer in full swing, the last thing you expect after you send your child off to summer camp is to get a call or email that says they are trapped in the mountains. Because flood waters rose, so high there is no way to get out.   That is what happened to 100 children and 37 adults. They had been attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible camp near Augusta.   It took two Chinook Helicopters, which sits a total of 32 passengers, four trips to get everyone to Gr...
  • Missouri River finally reaches peak in Great Falls

    Forecasters in Great Falls said there is more precipitation headed our way. The National Weather Service is tracking slow-moving thunderstorms that could produce heavy rains and possibly flash flooding. According to the City of Great Falls & Cascade County Emergency Operations Center, the Missouri River reached it's peak around 5:00 Thursday evening and should start receding sometime within the next 12 hours. Forecasters added that we still could see minor flooding for another da...
  • McHugh Ln. residents argue county can do more to prevent flood

    The floodwaters continue to flow through the Helena Valley, devastating homes and roadways throughout the area.

  • Rescue operation under way

    AUGUSTA - Nearly 150 people are being rescued from the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible southwest of Augusta due to flooding and roads being impassable.  

  • GFPD releases flooding update

    The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter at the New Hope Lutheran Church (3125 5th Ave. S.) in Great Falls at 6:00am on Thursday, June 21st.  According to a press release from the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service warns of moderate to major flooding beginning as early as Thursday afternoon and lasting into late Friday or Saturday, specifically for the areas of Woodland Estates, Big Bend, Lower River Road and Flood Road.  The shelter will provide meal...

  • Hundreds come together to prepare for possible historic flood

    Sandbag after sandbag was filled today by hundreds of volunteers. All hoping to fight back what the national weather service says could be one of the worst floods of the century. “We are expecting the crest could be as high as what we saw in 1953. Depending on the amount of water that does reach us it could be a little less. But even with less flow down the river, it could be as high as it was in 2011,” said Meteorologist Jason Anglin. After that warning, the city of Gre...

  • Sun River residents say flooding is the worst since 2011

    Highway 200 closed last night because of floodwater. Officials are only letting emergency crews and some resident through. We sent reporter out to the Sun River area to talk to residents, one resident told us that water really started to rise quickly around 9 o'clock Tuesday night.  Residents posted on Facebook that they needed help getting out of her home but it wasn't just her. It included 3 members of her family, 12 dogs, 4 hawks, and horses. As of right now, they all are rep...
  • State of Emergency issued for Great Falls, Cascade County, and Lewis & Clark County

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Great Falls. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 17 feet, a height that matches the historic crest of 1953, as early as the afternoon on Thursday, June 20th, and is expected to last at least into late Friday, June 21st. If you live on or near Woodland Estates Road and the Country Club area of Great Falls, prepare for flooding now.

  • Waking the Dead Tour tickets now available

    In tonight's Community Spotlight, Norma Ashby Smith stops by the KFBB studios to talk about the 8th Annual Waking the Dead Tour in Great Falls.  This year's tour features several new faces and characters, including an MLB player. Also new this year, folks can purchase tickets at the event the day of.  However, if you are interested in purchasing tickets online ahead of the June 24th date, head to the Great Falls City website. 

  • Residents coming together to help prepare for flooding

    Residents have been going door to door too since they heard the floodwaters were on the rise.   Dorthy Opheim has been living in her home in Sun River for over fifty years. She told us off camera that she had been staying with her son Steve Opheim for the past three weeks because of the last flooding event. She had only been home a week before having to leave. Steve said he's grateful to have avoided major damages over the years. Steve Opheim said, "In 75 we had 18 inches a...
  • Early morning stabbing in Helena, one arrested

    Just past midnight on Tuesday morning, Helena Police Officers responded to the 800 block of Cooke when a man was reportedly stabbed. 

  • Applications open for 4th of July Parade

    In tonight's Community Spotlight, Lola Sheldon-Galloway stops by the KFBB studio to talk about this year's 4th of July Parade in Great Falls! This year's parade will take place at 11:00am, starting on 1st Avenue South, and traveling down Central Avenue towards the Civic Center. By chance this year, the city municipal band will be playing that evening at the Gibson Park Band Shell, with fireworks following at 10:00pm.  Applications are now available to participate in the parade;...

  • Volunteer Fire Department Struggles

    Fighting fires is always a battle, but volunteer fire departments across the country can also struggle with man power.  "We're a volunteer department so it's tough to get people," Chief Michael Deshayes with the Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department said. "It's on their own time and they don't get paid for it, so we do the best with what we've got." The Black Eagle Fire Department currently has around 28 people, which is the maximum number they can have. On...
  • Red Cross to open shelter in Choteau for Sun River flooding

    The Montana Red Cross will open an evacuation shelter in Choteau Tuesday evening at 7:00pm to help residents affected by flooding in Sun River. According to a press release, the shelter will be located at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 1000 1st St. N.E. The shelter will provide meals, safe shelter, information and access to other community resources. All services are free. No reservations are required and service animals are welcome.  For more up-to-date information...

  • Flooding: How to stay safe

    With flooding in Simms, Fort Shaw, and Sun River, Cascade County has released a list of tips on how to stay safe. 

  • Kids to walk entire length of Montana

    A group of kids in the Capital City started their journey of walking the length of the state this week. Campgoers at the YMCA plan to collectively walk more than 850 miles by Friday. The idea is to keep the children active through the summer months. So, each kid puts on a pedometer at the beginning of the day to track their movements. Yesterday the group tackled nearly a fourth of their goal. They walked more than 200 miles in just one day. “It helps move everything as our...
  • Floods hit Helena again

    When Irene Strauss journeyed out for her daily walk Tuesday morning, some areas started to collect water, but there was nothing too serious. So, she kept heading north on McHugh Ln., but when she started to turn home, it was a completely different scene. "By the time I came back there were a good two to three inches on McHugh. So I got sopping wet coming home because that's the only way to come home," said Strauss.   The National Weather Service says Ten Mile Creek ha...
  • Flooding closes multiple roads in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

    Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says at least two roads are temporarily closed due to major flooding and wash-outs. 

  • Montana Treasure: Great Falls author encouraging creativity with 'Sugarbeet Falls'

    In a world where expressing creativity can sometimes be frowned on, one man in Great Falls is doing his part to show children it's ok to have a different outlook. 

  • Helena woman crowned Miss Montana

    Miss Montana 2018 was crowned Saturday night. The Helena native won over the judges with her highly skilled dance routine. But if it wasn't for a chance encounter, she would never have even sashayed across the stage.   New queen Laura Haller owes her crowning glory to a chance meeting on a cruise ship. The 24-year-old spent the past several months at sea performing dance routines for Viking Ocean Cruises. A passenger who just happened to be associated with the pageant c...

  • Malmstrom AFB says farewell to Col. Ron Allen

    GREAT FALLS- Malmstrom Air Force Base will say goodbye to Col. Ron Allen, the 341st Missile Wing Commander on Tuesday, June 19th at 10 a.m. during the change of command ceremony. Allen expressed his gratitude for not only the opportunity to serve but to be a part of the surrounding community. "Great Falls community has treated me and my family like a local, so I couldn't ask for more. They've wrapped their arms around us, they've loved us the entire time we've been here, and su...

  • Summer Read 6 Program with GFPS

    In tonight's Community Spotlight, Carol Paul and Emma & Grace Rieger stop by the KFBB studios to talk about the Summer Read 6 Program with Great Falls Public Schools and United Way of Cascade County.  The summer schedule for the book trailer is as follows: Tuesdays:                                                        &...

  • Lawsuit filed against federal mining regulations

    Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has joined forces with a dozen other AGs from across the U.S. in an effort to stop further regulations for hard rock mining. The 13 attorney generals filed a lawsuit, claiming new regulations are unneeded. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule that would establish nationwide regulations for hard rock mining. The proposal would create minimum, federal bonding requirement on all operations.   Fox argues Montana al...
  • School tackles social media sparked sexual harassment

    Administrators say social media has spiked sexual harassment in some school settings.  Now one middle school in East Helena is taking steps to stop the trend. Officials with the district say Smartphone use is connected to sexual harassment among students at East Valley Middle.  In recent years, student have displayed more derogatory and offensive behavior that reflects today's social media climate. Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer says these young adolescence are usually r...
  • Ghostbusters help kids fight inner-demons

    One group in Helena has made it their mission to help kids battling with illnesses bullying in a very ghoul way. Our Bliss Zechman explains how the Ghostbusters are answering their call in Helena. “who you gunna call? Ghostbusters!” Instead of fending off spirits and apparitions, these Ghostbusters are fighting another kind of demon. “With us being in costume and we start things off with them really goofy anyways. It just helps them to super relax and then they co...

  • GFPS food truck is back for summer

    Every year during the summer months, some kids in Great Falls go without a lunch, but starting Monday, the Great Falls Public School food truck will be out again to help fight this issue. 

  • Big Sky Pride kicks off with glitter and glam

    HELENA, Mont.,-Big Sky Pride is kicking off its 25th LGBT+ celebration this weekend. Our Bliss Zechman explains why there is more glitter and rainbows than ever this year. There are hundreds of Pride-centered festivities going on this weekend in the Capitol City. There’s parades, rallies drag shows and more. This year’s Pride celebration scene is drastically different than when the gay community ventured to rally support for their cause 25 years ago. "In Montana you...

  • Power outages in Cascade County

    There are reports of power outages throughout Cascade county. Some have since been repaired but according to Northwest Energy map, the latest outages are reported to in the Manchester area. As of right now, we are not sure how many customers are affected but as a precautionary when driving if a stop light is not working treat it as a 4-way stop.

  • 2 people killed in deadly accident

    Two fatalities happen within the past 24 hours, one about 200 miles south of Great Falls. The Montana Highway Patrol is not releasing any information on that accident but according to their website it happened on Main Boulder road around 3:30 pm yesterday afternoon and is still being investigated. In Flathead County on Highway 93 near Olney. A driver was heading southbound when they drifted to the left of the highway. MHP said the driver then hit a driveway approach causing the vehic...

  • Teacher files lawsuit against Helena Police Department

    A Helena teacher is now suing the Helena Police Department after she claims she suffered permanent hearing loss doing a mandatory active shooter training back in 2016. According to the Helena Independent Record, Lynn Trenary, a teacher at Project for Alternative Learning, filed the complaint Wednesday and it said Trenary was about 20 feet away from an officer shooting blank ammunition while playing the role of an active shooter. She thought the officer was giving instructions and was...
  • Larry Kiedrowski's graveside service to be held in June

    Larry the homeless guy, who real name is Larry Kiedrowsk was known as many things from Larry the cartman, and even just Larry.   Members across Great Falls have shared their thoughts and memories surrounding Larry on social media, but Art Taft has gone even further and raised enough money through donations to get Larry a tile on the Veterans Memorial Wall. Just one more way to honor this retired service member.  Art Taft said while it's great to see Larry's memory forever ...

  • Canoeist cross the country by water

    It's a feat accomplished by only a select few. Our Bliss Zechman sits down with a pair of adventurous folks trying to make it from one coast to another in a  very unique way. 4,750 miles of paddling and portaging in 220 days. That's how far Martin Trahan  and Jillian Brown will have gone by the time their cross-oceanic journey ends. "Basically more people have walked on the moon than have done this route," said Brown.   The Canadian duo has moved through th...
  • Fire season: "longer but later"

    HELENA, Mont.- Governor Bullock met with officials from across the state to tackle the upcoming wildfire season. Forecasts indicate, Montana is in for a longer but later fire season, according to The Northern Rockies Coordination Center’s Meteorologist, Michael Richmond. However, some weather conditions are playing in our favor. Richmond said high levels of snow pack across the state are helping keep the fires at bay for now. There’s also a storm that’s expected to...
  • SMACK presents Beauty and the Beast Junior

    In tonight's Community Spotlight, Robby Robertson stopped by the KFBB studios to talk about the upcoming SMACK production, Beauty and the Beast Junior.  This year's productions will take place on Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th at 6:30pm. The shows are completely free for anyone to attend. The show is put together by 80 kids from throughout the community who are working in the SMACK program, or "Summer Music Arts Camp for Kids." For more information, search ...

  • 58th Annual Belt Rodeo coming this weekend

    Rodeo season is upon us kicking things off in Belt for the 58th annual belt PRCA rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls will be going for the win in 7 events including steer wrestling, saddle bronc, barrel racing and everyone's favorite bull-riding. Children will be able to show off their stuff with a little mutton bustin. Riders are competing for a cash prize of over $1,000 dollars. The rodeo will be holding a raffle for a brand 2018 KYMCO MXU 450i side by side. Tickets are available at Alber...
  • Fawn rescued from waist deep mud and muck

    A man jumped into action when he saw a young deer stuck in the mud near Fort Benton. While the water looked like, it is the perfect place to take a dip, it is actually not. 

  • MHP wants your feedback

    HELENA- Starting on June 15th the Montana Highway Patrol is conducting a public survey to get feedback regarding Patrol operations.  To take the survey, click on this link: https://rpt.orgvitality.com/MHPSurvey  “Other states such as Colorado have received impactful feedback from surveys such as this. We hope to emulate their success and use the data to help inform our choices moving forward in a way that improves the quality of our services and public interactions...

  • Burger King manager charged of embezzlement

    The Great Falls Police Department officers responded to the Burger King on 10th Ave S when they received a report of an employee embezzling money.

  • Don't be alarmed! Police training at local school

    If you are in the area of  West Elementary School (1205 1st Ave NW) and see heavy police activity, do not be alarmed. 

  • Crash near Belt leaves several injured

    Reports into the KFBB newsroom are indicating a serious crash near Belt where Highway 89 turns into Highway 87.  Scanner traffic reports at least five people injured, three of them severely. This has not yet been confirmed by first responders. It is unclear at this time what caused the crash.  As of 8:15pm there is still some moderate traffic in the area as drivers are diverted. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. 

  • House completely engulfed in fire east of Great Falls

    KFBB is receiving reports of a home completely engulfed by fire on just east of Great Falls off Evans Riceville Road. We're told smoke could be seen from as far away as the east side Walmart. Ricky Blackburn is currently on the scene; he tells us there are multiple agencies responding to the fire, and efforts are still being made to put out the blaze.  It is still unclear what caused the fire, if anyone is injured, or the extent of damages. We will continue to keep you updated ...

  • United Way of Cascade County to invest over $830,000

    In tonight's Community Spotlight, Kim Skornogoski stopped by the KFBB studio to discuss over $830,000 invested into different organizations throughout the community. Kim says over 26,000 people will benefit from these investments, despite the fact that less than half of the money requested from United Way was able to be invested. The investments break down into programs relating to education, income, and health.  For more information, head to United Way's website. 

  • Youth join the call for answers about a missing woman

    A week ago marked one year since Ashley Loring HeavyRunner went missing from Browning. Wednesday, residents of Box Elder organized a march, using it to build awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women. Zayna Henderson who is a freshman at Box Elder High School organized the walk. She was joined other members of the Lady Bear basketball team, as well as representatives from Harlem, Hays, and Rudyard basketball teams for the event. The principle of Box Elder schools tell ...
  • The fate of three grizzly cubs is hanging in the balance

    Montana wildlife officials have less than a month to find a home for three male grizzly cubs, orphaned after their mother was hit by a car or the animals will have to be put down. According to Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, during the first week of June, a female, adult grizzly was hit and killed along highway two-hundred near Lincoln. She left behind three young cubs, officials said due to their size they were born in January. That means they are are too young to be put out on...
  • Toddler hit by truck dies

    A three-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a pickup truck in Poplar, a small town just north of Wolf Point. Montana Highway Patrol, told KFBB a 65-year-old man was driving his truck north when he struck the child. The man stayed with the boy until emergency crews arrived, but the toddler was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is still ongoing, but troopers have ruled out drugs, alcohol, and speed as factors.  MHP said the driver didn't see the boy ...
  • CEO of proposed White Sulphur Springs copper mine developer dies

    The CEO of Sandfire Resources America Inc. the company developing a copper mine near White Sulfur Springs suddenly passed away on Saturday. A spokesperson from the company told KFBB Shanahan passed away from natural causes during a vacation in Italy.  “John was both well respected and well liked within Sandfire and the wider mining industry. His sudden passing is a great shock and a tragic loss, and our thoughts are with his family at this distressing time,” says M...

  • Community Spotlight: The Joy of Censorship

    The Great Falls Public Library is glad to welcome former MAD magazine editor Joe Raiola. 

  • Firefighter Fatalities on the Decline

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released it's annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report this week. It shows that 60 on-duty firefighters died in 2017, which they say is the lowest total in more than 40 years. At least two of those firefighters were battling flames here in Montana. Michael Deshayes with the Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department says that it's hard to say exactly what made the numbers go down. However, he did say that technology plays a role. Of the ...
  • Residents burning anthill start wildland fire

    A wildland fire started today at approximately 6 P.M. near the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Black Eagle after residents nearby started to burn an anthill according to Black Eagle Fire. The fire quickly picked up because of the strong winds in the area. Black Eagle Volunteer Fire was on route to a training exercise when they got the call and was on the scene in minutes. They quickly had the fire under control in a matter of minutes and only roughly half an acre burned acc...

  • Decade-long diabetes battle celebrated

    Officials and survivors in Helena celebrated a decade-long battle to fight diabetes in the Treasure State. The program helps people at risk for Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and more. The program is called Inch by Inch and its an intense lifestyle change strategy. Since 2008, its helped more than 9,000 Montanans. A trained lifestyle coach instructs participants on what to eat, how to exercise and how to change their lifestyles.  Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney emphasized how Montanans...
  • Malfunction junction mend?

    The city of Helena is looking to reconstruct two chaotic five-point intersections. They're so chaotic, they've even earned the  term malfunction junction. No one has been hit in either area this year. However, long wait times encourage some people to jay walk. Plus, the cross walks can be very confusing.   "They aren't extremely dangerous right now because the amount of traffic. You aren't getting the high speeds that can come in there, but it is an obstruction to pede...
  • Blackfoot Water Rights Settlement Signed

    MONTANA- After a decade long battle, Secretary Ryan Zinke and Blackfoot Nation Chairman Harry Barnes joined together to sign documents implementing the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement. The Tribe’s conflict with its neighbors and the government will now be resolved. The settlement will increase economic development through water-related construction projects, and give tribal water right to more than 750,000 acre feet of surface water and ground water on the reservation. B...
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  • Motorcyclist dies in Hauser collision

    Motorcyclist dies in Hauser collision

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:43 PM EDT2018-06-22 02:43:50 GMT

    A Spokane man has been pronounced deceased after his motorcycle was involved in a collision on Idaho State Highway 53 in Hauser on Thursday afternoon.

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    A Spokane man has been pronounced deceased after his motorcycle was involved in a collision on Idaho State Highway 53 in Hauser on Thursday afternoon. 

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  • Terminally ill Rathdrum baby gets gift of comfort from local business

    Terminally ill Rathdrum baby gets gift of comfort from local business

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:54 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:54:33 GMT

    RATHDRUM, Idaho - A family said their main priority right now is keeping their sick baby comfortable. They were recently told by doctor's their 19month-old daughter isn't expected to live much longer. They said one of the only things that eases her pain is a specialty chair that insurance won't cover. That's when friends said, "Help Me Hayley."

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    RATHDRUM, Idaho - A family said their main priority right now is keeping their sick baby comfortable. They were recently told by doctor's their 19month-old daughter isn't expected to live much longer. They said one of the only things that eases her pain is a specialty chair that insurance won't cover. That's when friends said, "Help Me Hayley."

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  • Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

    Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-06-22 02:26:38 GMT

    A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect. Seattle Police said Thursday on its blog that the child was removed in late May from an unsanctioned homeless encampment where people were reportedly using methamphetamine.    

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    SEATTLE (AP) - A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect. Seattle Police said Thursday on its blog that the child was removed in late May from an unsanctioned homeless encampment where people were reportedly using methamphetamine.    

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  • Flood victims get cleanup help

    Flood victims get cleanup help

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    HELENA, Mont.,- Multiple organizations band together Wednesday to help flood victims with cleanup efforts. Thanks to the LDS Church, Red Cross and more, the cleanup process just got a little easier. From water testing to counseling services, several Helena based organizations are offering their services to a community that was recently devastated by floods. Victims can come out to get guidance as well as free goods. Buckets of disinfecting supplies are being handed out along with ...>>
    HELENA, Mont.,- Multiple organizations band together Wednesday to help flood victims with cleanup efforts. Thanks to the LDS Church, Red Cross and more, the cleanup process just got a little easier. From water testing to counseling services, several Helena based organizations are offering their services to a community that was recently devastated by floods. Victims can come out to get guidance as well as free goods. Buckets of disinfecting supplies are being handed out along with ...>>
  • Pipeline protester must pay over $3K in fines

    Pipeline protester must pay over $3K in fines

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    65 year old Leonard Higgins turned off an emergency valve at a Spectra Energy site last October just south of Big Sandy. Not only did the self-proclaimed activist admit to turning the valve off. He video taped himself as he did it. 

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    65 year old Leonard Higgins turned off an emergency valve at a Spectra Energy site last October just south of Big Sandy. Not only did the self-proclaimed activist admit to turning the valve off. He video taped himself as he did it. 

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  • Local Business Spotlight: Morning Light Coffee

    Local Business Spotlight: Morning Light Coffee

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    Making latte's and cappuccinos wasn’t even a thought for morning light coffee roasters almost 30 years ago. In fact, they got into the coffee business as wholesalers for local grocery stores. Times have changed however, they opened a coffee shop, continued roasting and haven’t looked back. “We are kind of unique that we roast our own coffee in our store. We started that concept back in 1989 and it was a fairly new concept, nobody was doing it around the countr

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    Making latte's and cappuccinos wasn’t even a thought for morning light coffee roasters almost 30 years ago. In fact, they got into the coffee business as wholesalers for local grocery stores. Times have changed however, they opened a coffee shop, continued roasting and haven’t looked back. “We are kind of unique that we roast our own coffee in our store. We started that concept back in 1989 and it was a fairly new concept, nobody was doing it around the countr

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  • Discovering the Future: Native American Bison Experience

    Discovering the Future: Native American Bison Experience

    Students at Paris Gibson Education Center had the opportunity of a lifetime to go the Fort Belknap reservation and harvest a bison: what they call the Native American Bison Experience.

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    Students at Paris Gibson Education Center had the opportunity of a lifetime to go the Fort Belknap reservation and harvest a bison: what they call the Native American Bison Experience.

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  • Update: Suspect arrested in hit-and-run accident that killed Canadian man

    Monday, April 24 2017 9:16 PM EDT2017-04-25 01:16:44 GMT
    Tuesday, February 27 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-02-27 18:17:24 GMT

    One Canadian man has been arrested in connection to a crash that killed a 72-year-old man in Great Falls on April 15th. 

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    One Canadian man has been arrested in connection to a crash that killed a 72-year-old man in Great Falls on April 15th. 

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  • Cyber hacking protection tips

    Cyber hacking protection tips

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-01-25 01:08:24 GMT
    Wednesday, January 24 2018 8:21 PM EST2018-01-25 01:21:15 GMT

    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

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    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

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  • Domestic violence cases increasing in Cascade County

    Domestic violence cases increasing in Cascade County

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-16 23:21:12 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-16 23:21:12 GMT
    Domestic violence is a growing issue here in Cascade County. According to the Victim Witness Assistant Services, they currently have more than 350 open files. There were also more than 1,000 local victims in 2017. "Everyday we deal with it," said Tonya Rolando with the Victim Witness Assistant Services. "Some days multiple times, some days maybe once, but I would average probably daily." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 2...>>
    Domestic violence is a growing issue here in Cascade County. According to the Victim Witness Assistant Services, they currently have more than 350 open files. There were also more than 1,000 local victims in 2017. "Everyday we deal with it," said Tonya Rolando with the Victim Witness Assistant Services. "Some days multiple times, some days maybe once, but I would average probably daily." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 2...>>
  • University of Providence Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    University of Providence Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:43 PM EST2018-01-16 00:43:11 GMT
    Monday, January 15 2018 7:52 PM EST2018-01-16 00:52:59 GMT

    The University of Providence celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a special celebration held on campus. It all started at 10:00 a.m. with the ringing of the Chapel Bell. The University of Providence says they do it every year along with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The event also consisted of speeches, music and food.  "Martin Luther King stood for so much of what our campus stands for in terms of a commitment to justice, a commitment to peace, and t...

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    The University of Providence celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a special celebration held on campus. It all started at 10:00 a.m. with the ringing of the Chapel Bell. The University of Providence says they do it every year along with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The event also consisted of speeches, music and food.  "Martin Luther King stood for so much of what our campus stands for in terms of a commitment to justice, a commitment to peace, and t...

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  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Three

    Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Three

    Sunday, January 14 2018 11:50 PM EST2018-01-15 04:50:57 GMT
    Sunday, January 14 2018 11:50 PM EST2018-01-15 04:50:57 GMT
    Highlights from the final day of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Sunday, January 14th. >>
    Highlights from the final day of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Sunday, January 14th. >>
  • Getting to know JJ Harrison the Rodeo Clown

    Getting to know JJ Harrison the Rodeo Clown

    Sunday, January 14 2018 4:12 PM EST2018-01-14 21:12:33 GMT
    Sunday, January 14 2018 4:23 PM EST2018-01-14 21:23:47 GMT

    The Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals are well underway and you might have noticed a certain rodeo clown.  Originally a school teacher with a masters degree, JJ Harrison says his love for being the class clown eventually became his occupation. " About 2004 a friend of mine said 'hey I'm putting a bull ride on and I want you to be my clown,' Harrison said. "I thought that's ridiculously stupid I'm not wearing make-up prancing around like some dork. No I'm not doing...

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    The Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals are well underway and you might have noticed a certain rodeo clown.  Originally a school teacher with a masters degree, JJ Harrison says his love for being the class clown eventually became his occupation. " About 2004 a friend of mine said 'hey I'm putting a bull ride on and I want you to be my clown,' Harrison said. "I thought that's ridiculously stupid I'm not wearing make-up prancing around like some dork. No I'm not doing...

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  • Townsend and Jefferson Split Rivalry Doubleheader

    Townsend and Jefferson Split Rivalry Doubleheader

    Sunday, January 14 2018 12:13 AM EST2018-01-14 05:13:45 GMT
    Sunday, January 14 2018 12:15 AM EST2018-01-14 05:15:45 GMT

    The Townsend Bulldogs hosted the Jefferson Panthers for a Class B high school basketball rivalry doubleheader. 

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    The Townsend Bulldogs hosted the Jefferson Panthers for a Class B high school basketball rivalry doubleheader. 

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  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Two

    Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Two

    Saturday, January 13 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-14 04:40:17 GMT
    Saturday, January 13 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-14 04:40:17 GMT
    Highlights from day two of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Saturday, January 13th.>>
    Highlights from day two of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Saturday, January 13th.>>
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  • Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Thursday, December 7 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-12-07 23:49:05 GMT
    Thursday, December 7 2017 7:10 PM EST2017-12-08 00:10:39 GMT

    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

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    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

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  • Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Wednesday, December 6 2017 6:35 PM EST2017-12-06 23:35:44 GMT
    Wednesday, December 6 2017 6:35 PM EST2017-12-06 23:35:44 GMT
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.>>
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.>>
  • Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Friday, December 1 2017 12:51 PM EST2017-12-01 17:51:08 GMT
    Friday, December 1 2017 12:51 PM EST2017-12-01 17:51:08 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

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  • Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo or wallaby

    Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo or wallaby

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:02:48 GMT
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    UPDATE: Sources now indicate that the animal may actually have been an escaped wallaby from a petting zoo on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

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    UPDATE: Sources now indicate that the animal may actually have been an escaped wallaby from a petting zoo on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

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  • State of Emergency issued for Great Falls, Cascade County, and Lewis & Clark County

    State of Emergency issued for Great Falls, Cascade County, and Lewis & Clark County

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:36 PM EDT2018-06-20 18:36:13 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-06-21 00:53:18 GMT

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Great Falls. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 17 feet, a height that matches the historic crest of 1953, as early as the afternoon on Thursday, June 20th, and is expected to last at least into late Friday, June 21st. If you live on or near Woodland Estates Road and the Country Club area of Great Falls, prepare for flooding now.

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    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Great Falls. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 17 feet, a height that matches the historic crest of 1953, as early as the afternoon on Thursday, June 20th, and is expected to last at least into late Friday, June 21st. If you live on or near Woodland Estates Road and the Country Club area of Great Falls, prepare for flooding now.

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  • Missouri River finally reaches peak in Great Falls

    Missouri River finally reaches peak in Great Falls

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:51 PM EDT2018-06-22 00:51:46 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:51 PM EDT2018-06-22 00:51:46 GMT
    Forecasters in Great Falls said there is more precipitation headed our way. The National Weather Service is tracking slow-moving thunderstorms that could produce heavy rains and possibly flash flooding. According to the City of Great Falls & Cascade County Emergency Operations Center, the Missouri River reached it's peak around 5:00 Thursday evening and should start receding sometime within the next 12 hours. Forecasters added that we still could see minor flooding for another da...>>
    Forecasters in Great Falls said there is more precipitation headed our way. The National Weather Service is tracking slow-moving thunderstorms that could produce heavy rains and possibly flash flooding. According to the City of Great Falls & Cascade County Emergency Operations Center, the Missouri River reached it's peak around 5:00 Thursday evening and should start receding sometime within the next 12 hours. Forecasters added that we still could see minor flooding for another da...>>
  • Man charged in meth deaths of pregnant wife, daughter

    Man charged in meth deaths of pregnant wife, daughter

    A 25-year-old Great Falls man is charged with two counts of negligent homicide in the January overdose death of his pregnant wife and his daughter, who was born prematurely.>>
    A 25-year-old Great Falls man is charged with two counts of negligent homicide in the January overdose death of his pregnant wife and his daughter, who was born prematurely.>>
  • Great Falls Flooding Update

    Great Falls Flooding Update

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:24 AM EDT2018-06-22 14:24:06 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 10:24 AM EDT2018-06-22 14:24:06 GMT
    Great Falls, as well as the Sun and Dearborn River in Northern Cascade County, are going to be under a flood warning until further notice. Family, friends, and even strangers have worked together to fill hundreds of sandbags to protect themselves against this raging force of Mother Nature. "I came home last night and it’s flooding. The land’s flooding and there’s a low spot coming from my neighbors so it’s coming in and I think my building’s g...>>
    Great Falls, as well as the Sun and Dearborn River in Northern Cascade County, are going to be under a flood warning until further notice. Family, friends, and even strangers have worked together to fill hundreds of sandbags to protect themselves against this raging force of Mother Nature. "I came home last night and it’s flooding. The land’s flooding and there’s a low spot coming from my neighbors so it’s coming in and I think my building’s g...>>
  • Former Stevensville school resource officer charged with molestation

    Former Stevensville school resource officer charged with molestation

    Thursday, June 21 2018 6:21 PM EDT2018-06-21 22:21:17 GMT

    STEVENSVILLE - A former school resource officer is charged with molesting a young girl on multiple separate incidents. Court documents filed June 18 say Samuel Steven Fawcett molested a young girl when she was 3 and 4 years old. The girl is now 7 years old, and lives and attends school in Missoula. News outlets reported earlier this year that Fawcett was placed on administrative leave in April, although the reason was not disclosed at the time. Fawcett resigned from the Stevensville...

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    STEVENSVILLE - A former school resource officer is charged with molesting a young girl on multiple separate incidents. Court documents filed June 18 say Samuel Steven Fawcett molested a young girl when she was 3 and 4 years old. The girl is now 7 years old, and lives and attends school in Missoula. News outlets reported earlier this year that Fawcett was placed on administrative leave in April, although the reason was not disclosed at the time. Fawcett resigned from the Stevensville...

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  • Montana bear attack victim says recovery is slow

    Montana bear attack victim says recovery is slow

    Thursday, June 21 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-06-21 22:41:39 GMT

    A grizzly bear researcher who was attacked by a grizzly bear last month says the encounter has done nothing to change her mind about her career path.   

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    A grizzly bear researcher who was attacked by a grizzly bear last month says the encounter has done nothing to change her mind about her career path.   

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  • Nearly 150 children and adults airlifted to safety

    Nearly 150 children and adults airlifted to safety

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:52 PM EDT2018-06-22 00:52:08 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:52 PM EDT2018-06-22 00:52:08 GMT
    With summer in full swing, the last thing you expect after you send your child off to summer camp is to get a call or email that says they are trapped in the mountains. Because flood waters rose, so high there is no way to get out.   That is what happened to 100 children and 37 adults. They had been attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible camp near Augusta.   It took two Chinook Helicopters, which sits a total of 32 passengers, four trips to get everyone to Gr...>>
    With summer in full swing, the last thing you expect after you send your child off to summer camp is to get a call or email that says they are trapped in the mountains. Because flood waters rose, so high there is no way to get out.   That is what happened to 100 children and 37 adults. They had been attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible camp near Augusta.   It took two Chinook Helicopters, which sits a total of 32 passengers, four trips to get everyone to Gr...>>
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